Sandy Victim in Obama Photo Op Gets Form Letter Thanking Her for Supporting the Troops

Posted by on Jan 04, 2013 at 8:28 am
Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, America - 31 Oct 2012

For all the phony outrage over a delay in federal funding (blaming the GOP, of course), where is Chris Christie and the media to express their outrage over this insensitivity?

On October 31st, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a soon-to-be-reelected President Barack Obama joined New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for a survey of the devastation at the Jersey Shore. In Brigantine, Obama embraced distraught local business owner Donna Vanzant, whose North Point Marina sustained widespread damage during the storm.

Obama promised her “immediate” assistance, and the photo of their hug went viral days before the election. Now that months have passed since Sandy, I called Vanzant to find out if Obama made good on his promise.

Like any so-called “promise” from Obama, that and a buck might get you a cup of coffee.

President Obama comforted you and offered you “immediate” assistance. Since your encounter with him months ago, what has been your interaction with the White House?
After his visit, I sent an email to President Obama. Many days later, I got a response back. It was disturbing.

How so?
It had nothing to do with what I was asking him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. He made a promise to rebuild on national television, and I can’t even get this money. It’s heartbreaking, really. I did reach out to Senator Whelan, and I got a response that they were forwarding my email to the person that Governor Christie put in charge of Sandy relief. But from President Obama, I got a form letter.

What were you hoping for?
When you get a hug from the President of the United States, you feel like there’s something there. A promise was made. I have two grown kids. One is a U.S. Navy diver. The other one lives at the marina with his wife and new baby, and they lost everything. But I raised my kids to know that your word is your word. You promise something, you keep it, and that was a broken promise. I’ve never been a person to expect free handouts, but the President gave me hope. But now, I just don’t know.

No doubt the letter was signed by autopen.

Sorry for your problems, Donna, but you were being used. Hope you realize that by now. But maybe Obama can send you a postcard from Hawaii to cheer you up.

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5 Responses to “Sandy Victim in Obama Photo Op Gets Form Letter Thanking Her for Supporting the Troops”

  1. save me mommygov on 4/04/13 at 8:32 am

    The superstorm was government’s glorious moment to shine so what happened?

  2. Captain Obvious on 4/04/13 at 10:14 am

    “the President gave me hope. But now, I just don’t know.”

    Just don’t know? JUST DON’T KNOW?

    Exactly what would it take for you to know you have been used?

    A sore ass and cab money on the dresser?

  3. kbdabear on 4/04/13 at 10:47 am

    Those of you in Colorado and Texas, have you gotten your relief money from the government for those devastating wildfires from last summer? Or do you have to wait because the Center of the Universe needs their money NOW?

    Fat Man says other regions get their disaster relief right away. As a former resident of California with the earthquakes and fires, I say he’s so full of sh** he’s about to explode.

  4. kbdabear on 4/04/13 at 10:49 am

    Fat Man has been whining nonstop about how the Jersey Shore businesses have to be rebuilt NOW!

    I didn’t see every business rebuilt on Ventura Blvd after the Northridge quake until around 1998. There are still businesses that haven’t been rebuilt from the 2007 fires in San Diego.

    But Fat Man’s numbers are up in NJ right now, and the biggest newspapers are talking about the DISGRACE that “their” money hasn’t gotten to them within 2 months.

    North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana haven’t gotten immediate full funding right after a major storm either. Katrina doesn’t count since a good chunk of that was welfare for displaced baby mamas.